A collection of walks, discoveries, insights and pictures of exploring Dartmoor National Park
November 3, 2022
Boundary Markers on Okehampton / Sampford Courtenay Parish Boundary
Just outside the Dartmoor National Park, on the boundary of the parishes of Okehampton and Sampford Courtenay are two boundary markers, each having a story to tell.
Firstly, on the Exbourne road out from Okehampton is a “END OF OKEHAMPTON TRUST” marker, which was one of seven (originally) which marked the limits of the Okehampton Turnpike Trust and dates from around 1760, when the turnpike roads were set up. Secondly, there is a 17th century parish boundary stone (from 1697) at Glendon Cross, which is deeply inscribed on two sides. Both of these markers are mentioned in Dave Brewers book Dartmoor Boundary Markers (second edition), from which information for parts of this post was obtained.
This post not only covers the aforementioned boundary markers but also includes some other features in the area such as three benchmarks and a very picturesque thatched cottage in the hamlet of Brightly.